Mary Ellen Hrabe Simek, 91

Mary Ellen Hrabe Simek, age 91, of New Prague, died peacefully on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at Mala Strana Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Mary Ellen was born on October 7, 1932, in New Prague to John J. and Agatha E. (Busch) Barten.  She graduated from New Prague High School and married Albert Hrabe at St. Wenceslaus Church on June 5, 1958.  After Albert died in 1986, Mary Ellen married Joseph Simek on June 21, 1991.  

After her children were in school, Mary Ellen worked at Clemmer's from 1979 to the mid-90's and then finished her working career at Mala Strana in the housekeeping department.  Mary Ellen was strongly independent, and punctuality was important to her.  She was easy-going, kind, and very humble.  Mary Ellen was always ready for a great game of cards, enjoying poker and sheepshead with her siblings and any game that her family was willing to play.  She loved watching sports especially basketball, baseball, and the Minnesota Vikings.  Her favorite activities were the many outings with her Millpond family and going to Mystic Lake with friends or family who would accompany her.  Her outgoing personality, kindness, and love of people has left a lasting legacy for her family.

 Mary Ellen is survived by her children, Dan Hrabe of Elko, Robert (Jan) Hrabe of New Prague, Mary Jo (Terry) Rud of Lonsdale, Lori Cervenka of Askov, Missy Symitczek (T.J. Krause) of Faribault; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Jirik of Northfield & Evelyn (Marvin) Huss of Savage.  She is preceded in death by husbands, Albert Hrabe on March 1, 1986 & Joseph Simek on February 9, 2001; son-in-law, Scot Cervenka; daughter-in-law, Val Hrabe; parents; brothers, Al, Lee, Jerry, Ambrose "Impy", & John "Jocko" Barten; sisters, Laverne Seurer, Margaret & Evelyn Barten, both in infancy; best friend, Gail Giesen.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 8, 2024, at 11:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  Visitation will be held at church from 10-11 AM.  Burial will take place at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery followed by lunch at The Depot.




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